Post Reply Dancing to the Tune of Justice: Samurai Flamenco
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Posted 12/6/13 , edited 12/6/13
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Dancing to the Tune of Justice: Samurai Flamenco

As of late, we’ve been seeing a return to superhero anime: Tiger & Bunny was a fairly lighthearted superhero story that got progressively darker and more complex, but titles like Zetman have gone almost completely in the grim-and-gritty direction. Samurai Flamenco and its hilariously misleading poster are more like Mark Millar’s Kick-Ass--what happens when someone dons a colorful costume and fights evil in the real world?

Based off this poster, what do you think this show is about?

Masayoshi Hazama is a model with growing popularity and a dark (okay, not really) secret: he’s a gigantic nerd who loves superheroes, and in his off time, he is a superhero: crimson crusader Samurai Flamenco! He doesn’t foil bank robberies or take down costumed villains, but he does tackle the small evils of the world, like rowdy and disruptive drunks, or people who thoughtlessly steal your umbrella on a rainy day. Masayoshi’s heart is definitely in the right place, but there’s a very big problem: he can’t fight for beans.

“I used my fortune to buy ALL THIS SWAG.” -every nerd celebrity ever

Enter Hidenori Goto, a straight-laced local cop who thinks Masayoshi should just leave it to the professionals. You see, Masayoshi grew up wanting to be a superhero, and that never changed. Goto, his feet firmly on the ground, found a way to help people and support justice in the most logical and legitimate way possible, and he’s worried that his weird new friend who keeps inviting him over to eat curry and watch tokusatsu shows is going to get shanked by a yakuza if he doesn’t find a new hobby.

Yes, the internet/doujin/fanart community has already declared them the OTP

It’s in this seemingly mundane setting that Masayoshi slowly grows as a superhero, both in fighting skills and in the threats he has to face: brutal new heroes, imposters, public bounties for revealing his secret identity, and totally unexpected and deadly threats. I’m honestly kind of surprised this show went the animated route instead of just straight-up filming it as a drama, since (for the most part), characters and situations aren’t too far removed from reality.

I’m what all MRAs secretly have uncomfortable nightmares about! Tee-hee!

Now, I’m not going to spoil anything about this show--it actually changes direction pretty suddenly about a third of the way in (so, around where we are now), with Samurai Flamenco not only receiving more spotlight than he ever has in his life, but also fighting an enemy who kills without compunction and drags the innocent into his schemes. Samurai Flamenco wears a bicycle helmet and sunglasses to fight evil--is he up to the challenge?

I’m sure he is, when he’s not chasing down people for riding bikes illegally

I’ve always said that judging a book by its cover is a bad idea, and Samurai Flamenco’s “completely normal” appearance may throw people who are looking for something a little more out-there. But under the surface, Samurai Flamenco is a show that uses that supposed mundanity to develop its characters, who generally think and act and feel like real people. I was already enjoying it as a “problem of the week” real-world superhero story, and after the big twist in the seventh episode, I’m all but guaranteed for the long haul.
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Posted 12/10/13 , edited 12/11/13
Love this show. Art is fantastic
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